Empathy 30F Blu Painting by Tommy Seo

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Painting: Acrylic, Color, Glass, Paper, Paint on Canvas, Glass, Paper.

# Spatial Frame Story
When a story emerges within a story, we call it a “Frame Story”. Through careful use of spatial distribution between objects within a painting, I have tried to express a “Spatial Frame Story”. It gives the illusion of a new sense of space within the painting.

Although in forgiveness there is a clear divide between right and wrong, such divide does not exist in empathy. Empathy starts with understanding others’ circumstances.

I install mirrors in my works which makes the whole composition unique to the observer as they become the centre of it. Even when the observer stays the same, the artwork will look different over time as we inevitably age and experience life. At no single moment in time will the artwork be alike another, and may only be considered complete with an observer at its heart. It is not “I think, therefore I am” but “I see this work, therefore I am complete”. Like a stage does not exist without its protagonist, there is no meaning to life without your existence. I hope to convey this message through the mirrors I incorporate in my works.

#Breaking the Frame
Breaking out of familiarity is difficult: waking up early, exercising an hour a day, eating less. Routines end up shaping us but imprisoning us from trying something new. I wanted to break out of my frame of habits, stubbornness and fixations. This is what my broken frames signify.

My art is visual; I create works to show it to people. It is often the case that paintings are simply hung on a backdrop of plain white-washed walls. I want to ensure that the concept behind my artwork allow effective communicate between the art itself and where the art is displayed. When working on my art, I emphasise the fact that a painting can be considered complete as a piece of visual art only if it harmonises with its surrounding space. Therefore, I use a lot of material used in interior design to form an intersection between the artwork and its displayed space.


Empathy 30F Blu

Tommy Seo

South Korea


Size: 32.3 W x 39.8 H x 2 in

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